Ray Dalio – The 5 Criteria For Success

The 5 Criteria for Success

I recently watched Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater – the world’s largest hedge fund – speak with Andrew Ross Sorkin on Deal B%k at The New York Times. Dalio grew up in a middle class home, the only child of Italian-American parents. He began investing at the age of 12 and is now one of the most influential people in the world. Continue reading

WE Interviews – Melody Rollins

Melody Rollins
Partner & Head,
Client Service & Business Development
Brightwood Capital Advisors

Melody Rollins is a partner and Head of Client Service and Business Development for Brightwood Capital Advisors, a middle market direct lending platform with a staff of 52 and approximately $3 billion in assets distributed across four funds. In her role, Rollins oversees all of Brightwood’s existing and prospective client and consultant relationships and leads the development, marketing and distribution of the firm’s products.

Before joining Brightwood, Rollins spent 15 years at PIMCO, most recently as Head of U.S. Institutional Client Management, and prior to that worked in debt capital markets and liability management at Salomon Brothers and Deutsche Bank. Continue reading

“Fearless Girl”: “Pinkwashing” or a True Shift?

Just before International Women’s Day on March 8, a second bronze statue appeared directly opposite the famous bronze bull on Wall Street. The four foot tall girl, hands on her hips, stands with a defiant gaze leveled at the bull. A plaque at the girl’s feet reads: “Know the power of women in leadership. She makes a difference.” It was soon revealed that the statue had been commissioned by asset manager State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) and advertising agency McCann New York. Could this celebration of International Women’s Day be the shift towards recognizing women’s equality in business we’ve long hoped for?
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What Leaders Can Learn from Artists

The Jazz Musicians (1954), David Park

I recently came across an interesting article in The Harvard Business Review by Hal Gregerson, the executive director of the MIT Leadership Center. In it, he draws connections between a photographer’s creative process and how leaders can learn from that process. It started me thinking: what insight can we glean from artists? There is plenty of literature out there about what executives can learn from athletes, musicians, and the like. Gregerson’s article prompted me to probe the literature a bit more to see if I could find some new insights. Continue reading

New Leadership Imperative

Create the future workforce

In a recent report by Accenture Strategy, Harnessing Revolution: Creating the Future Workforce, research indicates that as different generations enter and exit the workforce amidst a rapidly changing technological landscape, the very concept of work is being redefined. According to authors Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer, Accenture, and Mark Knickrehm, group chief executive, Accenture Strategy, leaders must be responsive and act to “harness the power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for long-term advantage and shareholder value.” Among Shook and Knickrehm’s findings: Continue reading